TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Kathleen Sumner, who won the South Carolina Class AA state championship and led her Bishop England team to the state championship in 2015, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf at Florida State for head coach Amy Bond.
Sumner was named the All-Lowcountry Player of the Year in South Carolina in 2015 after leading the Battling Bishops to the state championship. She dominated the state championship tournament as a junior shooting scores of 72-70 for a 142 total, which helped guide her to a six-stroke victory.
“We are thrilled that Kathleen has decided to join the Seminole family,” said Bond. “She is a tremendously talented player. She is one of the top players in South Carolina and has won numerous events. She embodies all of the great qualities that we look for in a student-athlete and we cannot wait for her to get to campus.”
In addition to a tremendous high school career, Sumner has enjoyed a successful junior golf record.
Sumner finished in third place in the 2016 Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship and in the 2016 Sea Pines Junior Heritage Championship. She also played in the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and the 2014 Southeast Junior Championship.
Sumner won the 2015 Twin States tournament championship and qualified for match-play at the 2016 USGA Four-Ball Amateur Championship.
Florida State is currently ranked No. 3 nationally by GolfWeek and is No. 4 in the nation by GolfStat. Both national rankings represent the highest rankings in school history. The Seminoles won three of their four 2016 fall events (The Schooner Fall Classic, the Jim West Challenge and the Cardinal Cup). The Seminoles are the only team in the nation with three tournament victories and are one of only three teams in the top 25 that has won multiple events.
The Seminoles are the highest ranked team in the ACC entering the spring season. During their historic fall season, the Seminoles carded 10 of 12 team rounds under par, averaged an ACC best 283.3 strokes per round and carded its first nine rounds of the season under par. Florida State finished its four-match fall season 44 strokes under par.
Florida State opens its 2017 spring season at the Florida Challenge on Jan. 30 and play host to the Florida State Match-Up at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Club in Tallahassee Feb. 10-12.